Murray Warmath was the head football coach at the University of Minnesota for 18 seasons from 1954 to 1971. The team had a 87-78-7 overall record. In the Big Ten they went 65-57-4 record and won two conference titles. The 1960 team claimed the national title, the most recent for the Golden Gophers. Eleven players were awarded All-American status. Two of Minnesota's five Chicago Tribune Silver Football awards were given under Warmath. Twenty-six players were named All-Big Ten first team. Eighteen players were named All-Big Ten second team. Five players were named Academic All-Americans. Thirty-one players were named Academic All-Big Ten.
The 1954 season was the Golden Gophers' first under head coach Murray Warmath. The Golden Gophers won seven games and lost two. Total attendance for the season was 347,555, which averaged to 57,925. The season high for attendance was against Iowa. The team finished the season ranked #20 by the UPI poll.
Fullback Bob McNamara was named an All-American by the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Look Magazine. McNamara was also named All-Big Ten first team. Fullback John Baumgartner was named Academic All-Big Ten.